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Q&A: Volume Two

May 22

In Questions at 5:18am

1.  It seems like you’re always traveling.  Do you ever get some down time?  What do you like to do when you’re at home and you don’t have to work for a few days?  Does not working drive you crazy?


I do travel a great deal. It’s the life I bargained for many years ago. My dad helped me get a student credential to the 1974 Democratic National Convention, and I was awestruck. I was surrounded by veteran shooters, wire guys, and they were all conversing. “Yeah, I got this then the Olympics, then the campaign trail then the Inaugural. I’m on the road for…..” And I thought right then, this is the life I want. I want to be there where things great and small, curious and odd, momentous and cool, are happening. I want this camera to give me a ticket to the world. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 30

In Questions at 5:38am

I do get lots of questions, via the blog, via email, FB etc. I’m at best a scattershot responder, trying my best to fire back an answer in some sort of timely fashion. That term “timely” is stretchable, in my world. Sigh. I have to admit the computer screen occasionally gets the better of me, and it blurs before my eyes. I squint at it, like a movie extra who’s about to become a snack for an alien invader, and shouldn’t be pausing to look at the approaching apparition but instead should just flat out run away. Read the rest of this entry »

Mystery Photo….Revealed?

Sep 3

In Best Guesses at 2:14pm


Had some traffic over time about the lighting grid for this photo, which we have used as a blog header. This was shot for Kelby Training, and re-confirms my fondness for seedy motel rooms. It is all small flash, but it is not all flash. It’s a mix of sources.

So I’m throwing it out there. Whoever wants to have a shot at this, and figure out the lighting plan, have at it. Person who nails it gets an autographed copy of Hot Shoe Diaries, and a Lastolite Tri-Grip diffuser.  Hell, I’ll even sign “Numnuts” on the diffuser, if you want. Remember though, everything I sign has a tendency to plummet in value, so choose wisely.

This ain’t a contest, and there’s nothing formal about it.  I’ve even talked in general terms about this pic in workshops, so it’s not like this is gonna be the search for the holy frikkin’ grail. It’s just that enough folks have pinged about this image so we thought it would be fun. We don’t get out much in our studio. More tk…..